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Old 04-23-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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Puke URGENT: how do you make sure a tree will never grow back

So the power company came to my house like 20 minutes ago and they want to cut my kiddos tree house because is to closee to the power lines that is permited (12 feet) this are only the upper branches of the tree above the tree house (we cut the top of the tree about 4 years ago..)

anyway how can I make sure the limbs of the tree never grow back, the chief ingeenier is coming at any minute and I need solutions pronto if not the beloved tree house will be gone before the night end

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Old 04-23-2015, 11:51 AM   #2
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around here they cut the limb back then tar the stump of it and put a tin cap on and screw it on. im sure there are other ways
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:54 AM   #3
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around here they cut the limb back then tar the stump of it and put a tin cap on and screw it on. im sure there are other ways

I offer them something like that and they say it was not a 100% reliable, man this guys are so by the book is kind of scary... I also propose to sign a contract stating I will cut the branches my self every few months so they will never reach the power line (the 12 range) and they say no to that too...
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:00 PM   #4
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make them talk to your kids directly.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:05 PM   #5
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make them talk to your kids directly.
Actually that is a great idea..
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:17 PM   #6
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Girdle it. Cut about an inch width strip of the bark away all around the trunk exposing the cambium. It'll stop the flow of nutrients. It'll kill the entire tree not just new branches. Prolly take a year but guaranteed to kill it.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:21 PM   #7
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Girdle it. Cut about an inch width strip of the bark away all around the trunk exposing the cambium. It'll stop the flow of nutrients. It'll kill the entire tree not just new branches. Prolly take a year but guaranteed to kill it.
I don't understand half the words but it does make sense, do you have a link or a simpler explanaion of things like "Girdle"

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Old 04-23-2015, 12:47 PM   #8
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I don't understand half the words but it does make sense, do you have a link or a simpler explanaion of things like "Girdle"

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No I don't but the cambium is the woody area directly under the rough bark. Kinda wet and sticky. That's the hwy the food flows on. Girdle(ring) just refers to going all the way around the trunk. You want to create a continuous circular gap in the bark all the way around.The nutrients won't jump across the gap you create. Depending on the size of the tree but you want a wide gap. If too narrow a gap the tree can fill the wound with pitch/sap and protect and somewhat heal itself. Still weaken it's health but won't kill it anytime soon unless it's already in poor health. Just cutting off the limbs and sealing the ends against rot just forces the tree to direct the food to the nearest branches and/or branch buds below the cut and form new branches. You'll be pruning every year forever.
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No I don't but the cambium is the woody area directly under the rough bark. Kinda wet and sticky. That's the hwy the food flows on. Girdle(ring) just refers to going all the way around the trunk. You want to create a continuous circular gap in the bark all the way around.The nutrients won't jump across the gap you create. Depending on the size of the tree but you want a wide gap. If too narrow a gap the tree can fill the wound with pitch/sap and protect and somewhat heal itself. Still weaken it's health but won't kill it anytime soon unless it's already in poor health. Just cutting off the limbs and sealing the ends against rot just forces the tree to direct the food to the nearest branches and/or branch buds below the cut and form new branches. You'll be pruning every year forever.
Sadly I don'r have any pictures, but the tree is suppose to be death, well we got it cut from almost 30 feet high to just the roof of the tree house because it was falling apart (two branches feel and they where totally hollow)



Anyway the problems are the branches above the tree house, my last idea is to cut the tree trunk at about 20 from the floor of the tree house and make a table on top of it (Obviuslly fix the hole on the roof) that way the branches will never get that high, will see if the guy is smaer and flexible or just a burocratic machine

oh the tree truck is about 4 maybe 5 feet in diameter
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:35 PM   #10
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if it's now cut back out of range, you are in compliance, tell him to fuck off.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:34 PM   #11
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if it's now cut back out of range, you are in compliance, tell him to fuck off.
The Tree is, but the branches had grow since we cut the tree four years ago ( the company promise the tree will be death and nothing will ever grow out of it)

I'm still waiting from a call from the main supervisor...

I guess we can build another tree house (we have no more trees) but you know some kind of A frame base with a platform on the top, sadly we are kind of broken and will crash the heart of our little kiddolinna until we have build one..
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #12
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The point is that if you cut the branches back you are once again in compliance.

You have a treehouse.

You have a kid.

Do you have a local television news program?

Give one of their reporters a call about an interssting news item that you know about.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:36 PM   #13
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I work for a power company as long as you maintain clearance we don't care. You are doing more than most. They expect us to maintain their privately owned trees. He should be thrilled you are paying to have it trimmed.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:44 PM   #14
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The point is that if you cut the branches back you are once again in compliance.

You have a treehouse.

You have a kid.

Do you have a local television news program?

Give one of their reporters a call about an interssting news item that you know about.
What they say is that they can not warranty the free branches will not grow up and reach that 12 feet range, Liability I know, I even propose to sign a agreement that I will keep the branches trim if they grow back
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:49 PM   #15
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You are already required to trim the branches back. What the power company is wanting is to overreach their authority to keep the right of way clear. Since the main trunk of the tree is not in the right of way they cannot force you to have it cut down, nor can they cut it down themselves. What they can do (and appear to be doing) is to bully you.
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